"Places, People, Pubs! #4 - Lynton" Top 5 Page for this destination Devon Favorite Tip by johngayton
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Favorite thing: Lynton, sitting atop the cliff above its Siamese twin Lynmouth, nestles on the shelf between Countisbury and Hollerday Hills overlooking the half-moon bay which leads out to the Bristol Channel on the north Devon coast.
Until the Napoleonic Wars in the early 19th century the twin towns had a hermit-like existence being relatively inaccessible and servicing only their immediate locale. With the unrest in Europe North Devon gained popularity as a vacation destination for the monied classes and Lynton and Lynmouth became known for their natural beauty and relative isolation, attracting particularly writers and other artists - the poets Shelley, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey as well as the novelist R.D. Blackmore (who based Lorna Doone in the area) being amongst the famous visitors at the time. Thus the towns developed as a slightly upmarket tourist destination which is now their main livelihood.
Fondest memory: Lynton isn't the sort of place to visit if you are searching for nightlife and excitement (tho' it does have its moments!) but rather for a proper break from the rigours of everyday life. This is a place to just chill-out, take it easy, enjoy the scenery, take in the sea air. If you are feeling energetic there is some great walking to be done in the area with its location on both The South West Coastal Path and The Tarka Trail.
Having done your energetic bits during the day, there is a trio of cracking little pubs in the town centre with generally friendly locals and a good variety of restaurants and cafes. Also worth checking out for an evenings entertainment is the local cinema which with only 68 seats makes it one of the smallest mainstream cinemas in the country yet still manages to put on up-to-date releases.
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